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Acupuncture to shrink the postpartum pooch

Thursday, July 16, 2009 Leave a Comment

The other day my 3 year old asked me if I was ever going to get my belly button back.

Good question.

Four months postpartum, and I still have the pooch. I'm finding it much harder to lose the baby weight the second time around.

After my first son was born, I was hit with postpartum thyroiditis. That meant my thyroid shot into overdrive. I couldn't sleep and was incredibly anxious (swiffering the floor 3-4 times a day), but I could eat anything I wanted and the pounds were flying off. Then my thyroid shut down; the pounds came back, along with fatigue. I was up and down like this for a year or so. My acupuncturist became my savior.

This time, my thyroid is normal, but I still see Dr. Lin at the True Mind Center for Chinese Medicine to help keep my hormones in balance and to help me lose the baby weight. I saw her all through pregnancy, too -- she helped with the morning sickness, kept the aches & pains to a minimum, helped prepare me for labor and unmedicated childbirth, and even helped get the contractions going when it was time.

She does a technique called cupping on me, where she places glass cups on my back. The glass creates a vaccuum, and a perfectly round purple spot. (Remember the photos of Gwyneth Paltrow with cupping marks?)

The purpose of cupping is to help release toxins from the body -- it brings blood circulation to the area.

She did something called flash-cupping on my tummy, where she put the cups on for just a second, then pulled them off, again and again. To increase circulation to the area. They can do this for cellulite, too.

She also put needles in my tummy to help tone the muscles. Remind them that they once existed. Encourage my belly button to make another appearance.


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